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Best Sites for Job Seekers With Disabilities
Job websites list employment openings and other opportunities to help people find work. These websites centralize thousands of listings along with additional resources like career coaching, resume tailoring, and blog posts full of helpful tips, making them among the best and most efficient ways to search for job opportunities.
These services are even more vital for job seekers with disabilities, whose unemployment rate is twice as high as the rate for those without. Searching for jobs on websites that specialize in opportunities that will accommodate people with disabilities removes a large part of that guesswork and potential frustration.
To help you find the best open positions and companies for people with disabilities, we reviewed more than a dozen different job listing websites. We evaluated each site based on costs, industries served, ease of use, resources, and special features in our analysis. These are our top picks http://www.mythes.net.
Disability Job Exchange
Disability Job Exchange (DJE) is a subsection of America’s Job Exchange, which was originally created to continue the legacy of America’s Job Bank, a job website that was retired by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2007. As the leading platform for employers seeking workplace diversity, DJE serves thousands of job seekers by connecting them to hundreds of small, midsize, and Fortune 500 companies looking to hire. We chose it as the best site overall because of its great reputation, the number of industries and job titles served, advanced search capabilities, and events for job seekers.
Creating a profile to search for jobs on DJE is completely optional. You can browse open opportunities without creating an account, but to save jobs and searches, you’ll need to sign up with an account using your email address. You can perform a simple search using just a title and/or location or browse opportunities by experience level, education level, salary range, state, metro area, category, or company. DJE contains over 750 different job titles in their database, and opportunities are available across all experience levels. In addition to being a robust job board, job seekers can also find links to relevant upcoming events, such as virtual career fairs specifically geared toward job hunters with disabilities. All of DJE’s resources are free to use.
A joint effort by The Sierra Group Foundation, a national organization aimed at lowering the unemployment rate for people with disabilities, and CareerCast, the premier destination for niche job searches, RecruitDisability has become a premier destination for disabled job seekers. We chose it as our runner-up because, although it lists a wide breadth of opportunities and has highly advanced search functions, it has fewer filters and resources than Disability Job Exchange.
To get started on RecruitDisability, you can browse the site for open opportunities and provide your email address in order to complete your application. RecruitDisability lists jobs for all experience levels across more than 12 countries. Popular industries on the platform include but are not limited to accounting, engineering, financial services, healthcare, marketing, and more. For a more curated browsing experience, you can use their advanced search features to search for specific keywords, titles, companies, and dates posted. You can also research average salaries for different roles by navigating to the “Salary Research” tab. RecruitDisability Job seekers can search for and apply to jobs on RecruitDisability at no cost.
As part of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, USAJOBS helps qualified candidates find employment at federal agencies. Today, USAJOBS lists available positions from over 500 different agencies in 147 countries. Although it’s not exclusively for people with disabilities (the site also lists plenty of positions open to veterans, military spouses, and the general public), we chose USAJOBS as the best site for federal government jobs because their search functions make it very easy to find federal opportunities.
In order to apply for jobs on USAJOBS, you’ll need to create an account and complete your profile. When filling out your profile, you’ll have the option to designate if you’re a disabled job seeker right off the bat. Once you’ve completed your profile, you’re free to search for and apply to jobs for all experience levels. The most in-demand hiring needs at the time of writing are those in auditing, chemistry, economics, engineering, human resources, IT, nursing, physical sciences, and statistics.
While searching, you can quickly spot if an opportunity is open to people with disabilities by looking for the navy blue icon that denotes a person in a wheelchair. You can also easily find opportunities that welcome people with disabilities by checking off the “individuals with disabilities” filter. There are additional filters for a salary range, departments, and agencies to narrow your search even further.
You can check on the status of your applications to any jobs you applied for on USAJOBS by logging into the Application section of your account. USAJOBS is free to use for all job seekers.
Founded in 2002, disABLEDperson is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was created to increase the disability employment rate. With over 300,000 opportunities listed, we chose disABLEDperson as the best site to find accurate listings because every listing has been added to their site by employers themselves, rather than a web scraper.
Applying for a job on disABLEDperson is simple—all that’s required is your email address (the site prompts you to enter your email if you attempt to apply for a job). You can also create a username and password in order to receive email job alerts and SMS text alerts about newly added opportunities. disABLEDperson lists jobs in all 50 U.S. states across 80 categories including but not limited to architecture, finance, human resources, IT, social services, retail, sales, writing, and more. Listings span all experience levels, from entry to executive. disABLEDperson is 100% free to use for job seekers.
AbilityLinks launched in 2001 as the first job site for people with disabilities. Since its launch, over 700 people have reported finding employment through the site. We chose AbilityLinks as the best site for searching for specific accommodations because it was the only site we found that lets you search for jobs based on the type of disability you have.
Like other job sites, AbilityLinks lets you search for listings by title, keyword, location, and employment type. The key difference is that you can also filter by specific accommodations which are as follows: vision, hearing, neurodiversity, learning, mental health, or mobility. You’ll need to create an account with a username and password in order to apply to any listing you’re interested in, bookmark jobs to save them for later or receive job alerts when new positions are added. AbilityLinks lists jobs of all experience levels in fields such as architecture and engineering, food services, media, manufacturing, sales, and more. It’s completely free for job seekers to use AbilityLinks.
Since 1995, the National Telecommuting Institute has helped thousands of people with moderate to severe disabilities find remote jobs. Their NTI @Home program trains and places between 500 and 600 people annually in remote call center positions. Although the types of jobs that NTI @Home lists are very limited, we chose their program as the best option for remote jobs because of its dedicated coaching and education opportunities for all participants.
To enroll with NTI @Home, you’ll need to fill out their three-step registration and speak with a representative on the phone to determine if NTI @Home is right for your job search. Once registered, you’ll complete a series of skill set evaluations to determine your strengths. NTI @Home provides free online training courses to fill any gaps in your skillset and to learn the ins and outs of being a remote call center agent. Your job coach will work with you to improve your resume to apply for available positions. All of these services are completely free. NTI @Home does not guarantee that you’ll be placed, but it does guarantee that you will gain the skills you need to work as a call center representative or customer care associate.